HPI Certification Program

Design Thinking Coach

  • Design Thinking
  • Certificate


  • Learn to own, apply and teach the methods and principles of Design Thinking in various organizational contexts.
  • Become an expert in facilitating teams through the Design Thinking process and acquire the capability and needed skills to recognize and activate the potential of innovation teams.
  • Discover your own coaching style and train to be able to act and react in a flexible manner.
  • Design and execute different Design Thinking formats and learn to plan them in a targeted yet flexible way.

Key Facts


21 workshop days

8 modules

Workshop language

Bilingual (German/English)

Due to the internationality of the participants, the general language is English, so are the inputs, workshop days and the materials.


HPI Academy, Potsdam & Online


17.500 € (plus VAT)

More information

With a minimum of ten participants, we also offer an in-house training program for Design Thinking coaches.

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All Dates

Workshop / Program Date Location Language Costs Information


Design Thinking Coach

Potsdam & Online Bilingual: German and English 17500 €
plus VAT


Design Thinking Coach

Potsdam & Online English 17500 €
plus VAT

Syllabus Design Thinking Coach

Program Overview

Block 1: Fundamentals

Module 1: DT Mindset & Process (3 Days, on-site).
This workshop allows participants to broaden their understanding of Design Thinking, from a practitioner and coach perspective. There will be an in-depth exploration of the two core elements of Design Thinking: the mindset and the process. Both aspects are examined more closely in an interplay of inputs, versatile exercises, and subsequent reflection and brought into line with previous understandings. Given the transition to the second module, the focus of reflection is always on the coach’s perspective.

Module 2: Team Coaching & Facilitation (3 Days, on-site)
In this workshop, participants are given various opportunities to try out being a team coach in a protected space and to reflect on their own coaching style. Different emphases will be set concerning the essential components of team coaching. For example, in the beginning, the focus is on processual coaching, while the second half of the workshop focuses on recognizing and dealing with different team dynamics. Throughout the 3- day training, our experienced coaches from the HPI Academy provide continuous, intensive support and individual feedback to all participants.

Block 2: Practice

Block 3: Application


  • Become an HPI Certified Design Thinking Coach.
  • Learn at the European hub for design thinking and join an international & globally-connected community of participants & coaches
  • Participate in the most comprehensive train-the-trainer program on the market.
  • Gain a high amount of practical experience and test yourself in various real coaching situations.
  • Receive detailed, one-on-one and personal feedback on your coaching from our expert trainers.
  • Get a comprehensive coaching manual and a digital method card set, and more. Take a glance at the Manual here.
  • Participate in our Masterclasses even as an Alumni.
  • Profit from the continuous exchange between the HPI Academy and the HPI School of Design Thinking as well as other members of the Global Design Thinking Alliance (GDTA) to further develop the training of design thinking coaches.

Schedule a personal info meeting with the certification team:

Your Coaches

Samuel Tschepe

Samuel Tschepe

Head of Design Thinking Coach Certification

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Madini Liebscher

Madini Liebscher

Program Lead Certification Program

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Clara Wieker

Clara Wieker

Program Lead Certification Program

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Worthwhile experiential learning journey

If you want to learn how to teach design thinking, this program should be at the top of your list. The HPI team has put together an unmatched curriculum that is action-oriented. The program is an intensive and extremely rewarding experiential learning journey. I had one "aha moment" after another! The program is taught by an incredibly diverse pool of talented practitioners who bring new theoretical perspectives and creative ways to apply methods in practice. Thank you to the HPI team for always going the extra step to help me achieve my Goals!

Stefanie Hammer

Hammer communication

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.